MAERES students recently visited the Embassies of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan as part of the course “Caspian Sea Energy Resources: Theory and Practice” led by Prof. Brenda Shaffer. The students met with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States, H.E. Elin Suleymanov, and in a following trip met with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Kazakhstan embassy, Mr. Yerkin K. Akhinzhanov. Students got a chance to hear firsthand of recent developments in the Caucasus and Central Asia regions, the energy resource development strategies of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and discussed U.S. relations with the two states. Prof. Shaffer’s course examines the main trends in Caspian oil and natural gas production and export, and looks at the influence of Caspian energy production on the political, social, economic and environmental developments of the Caspian region and their global implications.